Ashutosh Gowarikar hits a Sixer with Jodha Akbhar

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Monday, February 18, 2008 | 11:56:02 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Lagaan’s director Ashutosh Gowarikar surely knows how to blend in the east with the west, and by striking the right chords, he surely knows what he wants. He once again hits it well, with a hat trick, in Jodha Akbar. A fine crafts man ship is once again shown by the director.

Jodha Akbar is a historic saga of the Mugal ruler (Akbar) and his hindu wife (Jodha). As always in Ashutosh’s movie, here too there’s a social message involved, and that is to promote unity between the Hindu and the Muslim. The movie has a lot more to offer than just that. The most highlighting point in the movie is the cinematography. The battle where Akbar is crowned as theJodhaa Akbar king, was beautifully shot. Followed by the songs: Azeem - o - Shaan Shensha, and the Sufi melody - Khwaja Mere Khwaja. The back ground scores add the perfect touch to the scenes. The sets seem quite real, and the difference between in the Rajput and Mugal Palaces and their ambience is very well portrayed. Scenes like Akbar’s encounter with the elephant, Jodha’s pre marriage agreements, Jodha’s secret meeting with her brother, Akbar disowning Jodha, Akbar and Jodha’s sword fight, are sure to capture your hearts. Haider Ali and Ashutosh’s screen play is quite crisp, though the movie seems dragged towards mid way, but soon takes on the pace post interval. The songs of the movie are quite situational, but Jodha and Akbar’s song where they confess their love, could have been scrapped off to save time. Kehne Ko Jashne Bahara Hain, is sure to make you smile, while Khwaja mere Khwaja leaves you spell bounded.

Hrithik and Ashwariya do complete justice to the characters. Though Hrithik brings in a modern touch with the romantic scenes, specially when Akbar goes to bring Jodha back, his action scenes are sure to take your breathe away. Ashwariya blends in the perfect touch of attitude and grace. Big B re creates magic with his voice over. Ila Arun’s negative shades are very well highlighted. Sonu Sood delivers a brilliant performance as well.

Leaving apart the historical loop holes, over all Jodhaa Akbar is a movie with flawless technicalities and a breathe taking cinematography. Though the movie might work 50-50 in the international markets due to the time frame, but the movie’s a must watch to know what the real India was all about.

Rating:  ****

Film Critic: Hiral Anju Bhatt

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Posted on: 28 March 2008 at 10:27pm
Everything was good except for editing and length. The movie shd have been edited to make it half hour shorter, then it would be perfect. Battle scenes were too long and boring. Royal Court scenes were really interesting!

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Posted on: 09 March 2008 at 1:36pm
this movie is my fav..the songs by a.r rahman r so gud..and luv the chemistry between ash and hrithik..

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Posted on: 27 February 2008 at 2:07am
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!
my all time fav.!!

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Posted on: 26 February 2008 at 2:18am
hey thanx 4 da review ! i lykd da movie ! likely 2 see it a second time ! n not to forget - hritik n ash's on screen chemistry is just awesom n they have done justice to the characters !

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Posted on: 25 February 2008 at 8:51pm
It is a GREAT movie the chemistry between Hrithik and Ash looks awesome I just loved the movie and I can't stop watching it over and over again.

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Posted on: 25 February 2008 at 8:20am
this moviee .. bleh!

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Posted on: 24 February 2008 at 9:56pm
this movie sucked! i didnt like it =[

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Posted on: 24 February 2008 at 6:44pm
oh great review!!!!
But i loved the love confession scene a lot..that song is my fav..In lamhon ke daaman mein..pakizah sey righthey hai...

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Posted on: 23 February 2008 at 6:55pm
i didn't watch it yet! but glad to see it's getting good reviews!

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Posted on: 23 February 2008 at 12:01pm
jodhaarohanmovie is really good the palaces were looking so sickkk

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